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The Oakland Raiders informed Sebastian Janikowski on Wednesday that they do not plan to bring him back for the 2018 season, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, meaning the longtime kicker will become an unrestricted free agent.
Janikowski was a first-round draft pick (17th overall) in 2000 out of Florida State. Raiders owner Al Davis made the decision to select him, with then-coach Jon Gruden favoring either receiver Sylvester Morris or running back Shaun Alexander. Morris played one season in Kansas City; Alexander played nine years and was NFL MVP for Seattle in 2005.
Now Gruden is back leading Oakland, and Janikowski is out, but not before a ton of success with the team.
The Raiders’ all-time leading scorer, Janikowski has 1,799 points (11th in NFL history) and 414 field goals (10th). He played in a franchise-record 268 games in 18 seasons for the team.
Janikowski, who will turn 40 on March 2, took a $1 million paycut at the end of training camp in August to get the final year of his contract to $3 million for 2017. He went on injured reserve the day before the season opener with a back issue.
Giorgio Tavecchio handled the kicking duties in his place, converting 16 of 21 field goal attempts with a long of 53 yards.
Information from ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez as used in this report.